Pavlina‘s writings have been scarce lately as he’s been busy with his upcoming book which I’m highly anticipating. He’s just posted an Anatomy of Personal Change. Some key points I feel have to be highlighted:
The key to making this change was something I wrote about in the veryÂ first article I posted on this site, The Courage to Live Consciously. I had to remain aware of the change I wanted to make while accepting that I wasnâ€™t yet strong enough to make it. By keeping myself out of denial, I was able to progressively train myself to reach my goal, even though it would take many years to finally reach it.
30-day trials are a terrific vehicle for achieving readiness. Even if your first trial doesnâ€™t result in permanent change, youâ€™ll learn and growÂ from the experience. This will put you in a position to kick off additional trials in preparation for an eventualÂ permanent change. My previous raw trials were essential stepping stones for me.
FiveÂ years ago if you asked me if Iâ€™d eventually become a raw foodist, Iâ€™d probably have said, â€œYes, I expect I will at some point.â€ I didnâ€™t know how long it would take, but I thought Iâ€™d eventually discoverÂ how to make it work.
Why do I think the above is so important? Because it gives you an immense sense of security when you know you’re going to continue growing. You can look at something that scares the hell out of you square in the face and say, yea, I’ll be able to handle this someday. Even if you can’t see the path to how you’re going to do it.
As an example, I know I’ll be a millionaire someday. It’s not even a question anymore, because by saving as little as 4 dollars a day from the age of 20-65 at 10% will give you over 1 million dollars and I’ve started to do that. The question is when and how I’ll become a millionaire. I may become a millionaire or enjoy a financially independent life style way before then. In fact, its starting to look like I will even though I have plenty of obstacles to fight through, including those that I cannot see. But I know I can handle them because I will keep growing and become stronger. I expect to have 1000 dollars a month from passive income in 5 years although I want it sooner. I know that the current path of growth I’m on will lead me there in all likelihood.
That is not all, though. I also feel that in terms of spiritual beliefs, I will probably end up with the ones that work the best for me.
Basically, as long as you keep trying, you’ll get there.